Marie Michael Library
The Lonely Families
Villages in Tamil Nadu, India, are divided into townships and slums. In the caste system, the Dhobis are set aside to wash the dirty linen of people belonging to low castes. They are treated with disgust and even today, they are landless, homeless and live on the outskirts of villages. The social, economic, and educational status of the Dhobis is worse than that of the lower castes. The government claims this caste doesn't exist and therefore its existence is not reflected in census reports. Dalit liberation relies on the desire of all dalits to work together to put an end to humiliation based on caste.